So, let’s address the inevitable question: should teachers be armed so that they can adequately protect their students? This question is not a gun control discussion, but rather an acknowledgement of the differences in training, attitude, personality, philosophy, and purpose between educators and law enforcement officials.
Once again, FEMA’s document speaks clearly to this issue: “the possibility of an active shooter situation is not justification for the presence of firearms on campus in the hands of any personnel other than law enforcement officers.” (p. 66). Beyond the legal, insurance, and malpractice liabilities, there is the simple fact that there are a myriad of other actions that can be taken to keep students safe that do not involve firearms in the hands of teachers.
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